Spendthrift targets stakes races with Ameristralia

Spendthrift Farm will look towards a black-type campaign for promising mare Ameristralia after her runaway victory at Caulfield on Saturday.

The daughter of Fastnet Rock completed a hat-trick in the Monty Samuel Hcp (1000m) after two wins on the trot at Bendigo.  She breezed past boom filly Miss Vista in the straight to score by almost three lengths in a slick 57.61s.

“She’s gone from the bush to winning a Saturday race so now we’ve got to look for black-type,” co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said.  “She was off to stud but has gone the right way and we’re happy to have her for another 12 months.”

Ameristralia is the first foal of USA-bred mare Heart Ashley (Lion Heart) who was a Group 3 winner at Aqueduct and Pimlico.  Her yearling brother was purchased by Shadai Farm’s Katsumi Yoshida for $250,000 at the Inglis Easter Sale in April.

“She turned the corner once the decision was made to ride her conservatively,” jockey Dwayne Dunn said.  “She’s come a long way in quick time and hopefully she can win one of those lower-tier black-type races.”

Within hours of the Caulfield victory, Spendthrift celebrated a feature success in Kentucky with Tom’s Ready in the Group 3 Ack Ack Hcp (1600m) at Churchill Downs.

Spendthrift purchased Tom’s Ready in July after he won the Group 2 Woody Stephens Stakes (1400m) at Belmont Park.  The good-looking son of More Than Ready looks a future shuttle prospect for Spendthrift’s Victorian base at Romsey.

And Spendthrift shuttler Warrior’s Reward continues to climb up the USA 2YO sires’ premiership with recent winners like Warrior’s Baton.  The Pope McLean bred filly won a Delaware juvenile by 8 lengths last week.

Warrior’s Reward (Medaglia d’Oro) stands for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee at Spendthrift Farm.